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John Lewis (1 February 1889 – 12 February 1976) was a British Unitarian minister and Marxist philosopher and author of many works on philosophy, anthropology, and religion.

Lewis's father, a successful builder and architect, came from a Welsh farming family, and was a very devout Methodist. Young Lewis's social and political views clashed with those of his father. Their quarrels eventually led to his father disinheriting him.


  • How To Run A Patrol Brown, Son & Ferguson 1914
  • How To Run Wolf Cubs Brown, Son & Ferguson
  • A Boy Scout Troop and How To Run It
  • Wolf Cub Star Tests and How To Pass Them
  • The Log of the Pioneers
  • How To Run A Scout Camp Brown & Son 1918
  • The Old Testament in the 20th Century Allen & Unwin 1923
  • A Faith to Live By Williams and Norjak 1931
  • Russia in 1932 Pamphlet Christian World 1932
  • Christianity and the Social Revolution (Edited with Karl Polanyi & Donald Kitchin) Gollancz 1935
  • Textbook of Marxist Philosophy (Ed.)
  • Douglas Fallacies: A Critique of Social Credit Chapman & Hall 1935
  • Socialism and the Churches Pamphlet Gollancz 1937
  • An Introduction to Philosophy Gollancz 1937 then fully revised Watts 1954
  • The Case Against Pacifism Allen & Unwin 1939
  • Marxism and Modern Idealism Pamphlet (Marxism Today Series) Lawrence & Wishart 1944
  • The Philosophy of Betrayal (with Reginald Bishop) Pamphlet Russia Today Society 1945
  • The Basis of Soviet Philosophy Pamphlet British Soviet Society 1947
  • Marxism and the Irrationalists Lawrence & Wishart 1955
  • Marxism and the Open Mind Routledge & Kegan Paul 1957
  • Religions of the World Made Simple Made Simple Books 1958
  • Science, Faith, and Scepticism Lawrence & Wishart 1959
  • Anthropology Made Simple Double Day 1961
  • Socialism and the Individual Lawrence & Wishart 1961
  • Teach Yourself A History of Philosophy English University Press 1962
  • Man and Evolution Lawrence & Wishart 1962
  • The Life and Teaching of Karl Marx Lawrence & Wishart 1965
  • Bertrand Russell: Philosopher and Humanist Lawrence & Wishart 1968
  • Naked Ape or Homo Sapiens? (with Bernard Towers) Garnstone 1969
  • The Left Book Club: An Historical Record Gollancz 1970
  • The Marxism of Marx Lawrence & Wishart 1972
  • The Uniqueness of Man Lawrence & Wishart 1974
  • Beyond Chance and Necessity (Ed.) Garnstone 1974
  • Max Weber and Value Free Sociology: A Marxist Critique Lawrence & Wishart 1975


  • The Anglo-Marxists: A Study in Ideology and Culture, by Edwin A. Roberts, Rowman & Littlefields 1997. A chapter is devoted to John Lewis.

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